In the future, all wars will be fought using tiny, deadly bug robots.
Or at least that’s what physicist and futurist Louis Del Monte, who wrote a book titled “Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat To Humanity”, believes.
Del Monte previously worked on several top-secret Defense Department programs in the United States as well as on several super computer projects with IBM, so is probably in the know when it comes to this sort of stuff.
Much like the creepy bee drones in Black Mirror, countries like China and Russia have been investing billions into such nano weapons and many within the science and technology community reckon that nano weapons are quickly becoming the new weapons of mass destruction.
These WMD’s will take the form of mosquito- like bots capable of injecting toxins into human flesh as well as contaminating water supplies.
“When we talk about making conventional nuclear weapons, they are difficult to make, making a mini-nuke would be difficult but in some respects not as difficult as a full-blown nuclear weapon,” he told CNBC.
The size of these weapons would make them virtually undetectable and worse yet, controlling them could become a problem – rogue bots have the potential to start wiping out non-targets like civilians at random.
Del Monte, meanwhile, has labelled these mosquito missiles as “the most horrific near-term nano weapons,” a claim supported by a report from the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
The report stated, “transgenic insects could be developed to produce and deliver protein-based biological warfare agents, and be used offensively against targets in a foreign country.”
Advances are being made every day with the creation of these bots too.
The Army Research Laboratory in the United States, for example, has already created a drone the size of a fly, which they hope will be used for surveillance, among other things, in the not-too-distant future.